Truck Drawing in Action

On display next to the Truck Drawing at UICA is a bottle that was used to create the truck drawing.  Over paper taped to the truck’s bed were 120 suspended water bottle pendulums, each with their own graphite tip. These would individually make their unique marks dependant on the weight of water level, grade of graphite and length of leash. Aesthetic concerns are addressed initially in the compositional arrangement of light and dark pencils, then adjustments on the road. At the Truck Drawings core, however, is “letting go”, allowing other forces to contribute. The results are map like, echoing their conception.

Look for the Penske Truck today driving around Grand Rapids. I will have the back of the Penske open so you can see the truck drawing in action.

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About Dave Ford

An avid collector of handwritten grocery lists, Dave Ford graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BFA in 1993. Afterward, in typical American folklore fashion, Mr. Ford moved to the art dormitory of the eastern U.S., also known as Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There he continued making art, participated in group shows and began creating his “Truck Drawings.” The drawings, which document the truck’s movement with dozens of pencils, proved to be fruitful and were featured in the sixth edition of Dave Eggers', McSweeneys in 2000. This attention generated several commissioned drawings and with the artist’s subsequent move to El Paso, Texas, long distant drawings to Connecticut and San Francisco became logistically possible. The opportunity to do a live drawing from the El Paso-Juarez Border to Grand Rapids for the Artprize event has re-invigorated the truck idea. Dave Ford is currently living in Evanston, Illinois, where he is working on a Swing Set Drum Kit piece.
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3 Responses to Truck Drawing in Action

  1. Great concept. Thanks for renting with Penske Truck Rental.

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  3. Dave Ford says:

    Thanks Randy. We spoke to Penske HQ about sponsoring this project, but looks like you have to be a 501c(3) to get sponsorship dollars. Let me know if Penske is interested in collaborating on the truck drawings; it’s been a great company to work with. You can contact me at

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